Acetylene Safety Searchlights for Firemen
The fire department of Cincinnati, Ohio, has recently tested and adopted as a part of the standard equipment of the department a new acetylene searchlight. It will take the place of the simple oil-burning torch or acetylene lamp which the firemen have hitherto carried in their hands. The new searchlight is a powerful acetylene device strapped on the back of the firemen, the burner extending above the fireman’s head, and an extension allows of adjustment so that the fireman may direct the rays of the searchlight in any direction. It has been found that this device is of great assistance to a fireman where rescue work has to he carried on and it is necessary for a fireman to see his way in a gas and smoke-filled room and be able to use his arms freely. It is possible for a fireman to climb a ladder with a suffocated boy in his arms.